The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats are weather proof. On Friday, they survived a severe thunderstorm and a group of Hurricanes. After a delay in the kickoff at Jonesboro, the Charging Wildcats survived their own mistakes and left with a 27-20 win.
"The elements were tough," said head coach Brad Bolding. "it affected us more than I thought it would. I thought it would help us, but it hurt us. We just never felt comfortable."
What disturbed Bolding the most were the missed opportunities on offense and the slow start on defense.
The Charging Wildcats got inside the Hurricanes’ one on two occasions and came away with no points.
"That can’t happen," Bolding said. "We have got to do better than that."
One message that North Little Rock has conveyed to the state is that even if you stop all-everything tailback Altee Tenpenney, they have another.
Junior Javon Day ran for 197 yards on Friday in a game that was almost exclusively a ground game for North Little Rock who only threw three passes. One was a touchdown to tight end Cameron Williams from Heath Land. Another was a two-point play.
The Charging Wildcat defense got off to a slow start as well.
Running back Martin Stafford and quarterback D.J. Anderson each scored touchdowns in the first quarter and suddenly North Little Rock was down 13-0.
"I was very disappointed in how we started out," said Bolding.
The Charging Wildcats only gave up three first downs in the second half.
Bolding refused to offer excuses.
"We can say weather," Bolding said, "but I won’t allow that. No excuses. We show up to play no matter where or what the weather is."
The next test for North Little Rock will be against Searcy this Friday.